This Week in Travel: July 16

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A roundup of COVID-19-related updates, including closures and reopenings.

Looking for the latest travel news from around the world? You’ve come to the right place. 

Each week, we’re rounding up the top headlines and news stories to help you stay in the loop on all things travel. From tourism reopenings to restriction updates, we’re here to help keep you informed on the latest. 

Here’s what you need to know from the past week:

Malta Has Reopened for Travel

The Mediterranean island has recently lifted restrictions for over 25 more countries, including Canada, the UK, and Australia.

After shutting down commercial flights on March 20, Malta is welcoming travellers back once again. While they reopened to a list of European countries on July 1, the Mediterranean country recently announced an additional 25+ countries for which it has lifted restrictions. 

Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey are just some included on the list. The destinations selected are those which have been deemed “safe” by the Maltese authorities.

According to the official tourism site, travellers from all of the new countries listed, as well as those on the previously published list “do not have to do any quarantine or need any special permits.” 

Interested in seeing the full list? Visit here.

Croatia Becomes the First EU Country to Welcome U.S. Visitors Back

The announcement was made by the Croatian Ministry of the Interior on Friday.

Croatia has become the first country in the EU to welcome American travellers back, despite the union’s recommended travel ban on U.S. residents. 

The announcement to welcome back all foreign travellers, including American citizens, was made by the Croatian Ministry of the Interior on Friday and is now in effect. 

As of July 10, foreign travellers to Croatia will need to:

  • Present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival. For those with a test older than 48 hours, a mandatory quarantine will be in effect, along with an obligation to re-test themselves at their own expense. 
  • Fill out a travel registration form upon arrival at the airport, where they will have to declare their reason for visiting the country.
  • Provide proof of their accommodation bookings.

According to the U.S. Embassy Zagreb, “Travelers who do not receive self-isolation orders are given a Pamphlet with Recommendations and Instructions from the Croatian Institute of Public Health that they must follow for 14 days after entering the country.”

For more information on the reopening, head here.

Norway Reopened for Tourism

The country is reopening to visitors from many European countries, with no mandatory quarantine.

Beginning July 15, travellers from more than 20 European countries are able to visit Norway. The government announced the updates to its travel restrictions on Friday, July 10.

Countries approved to enter will include Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and Vatican City.

Norway is not requiring visitors from these countries to quarantine. However, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, “the areas that are exempt from quarantine duty may change rapidly and the overview will be updated every 14 days, at least.”

For more information on the reopening, click here.

Rwanda Announces Commercial Flights Are to Resume in August

All tourism activities have also been resumed, following the country’s reopening in June.

Rwanda has announced the reopening of their airports to commercial flights beginning August 1, 2020. This news comes after the country reopened its tourism activities and charter flights for international travel on June 17. 

Currently, Rwanda has no restrictions on travel based on nationality or point of departure. 

Those who do fly in, including those in transit, will be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test from a certified lab, taken within 72 hours of their arrival. Travellers entering the country will have to undergo a second test upon arrival, with the results delivered within 24 hours (during which time they will have to stay in a designated hotel at their own expense).

According to the Rwanda Development Board, the cost of the second round of testing will be included in tour packages. Travellers will only be allowed to visit tourist sites after the second test comes back negative.

For those wanting more information on the country’s reopening, head here.

Puerto Rico Opens to Travellers Next Week

While there are currently no restrictions on who can enter, the tourism board has announced new safety measures for visitors.

As of July 15, travellers are able to vacation to Puerto Rico with new health and safety measures in effect.

Upon arrival, travellers will need to complete a travel declaration form and show proof of a negative molecular Covid-19 test (which consists of a nasal or throat swab), taken no more than 72 hours prior.

For those without proof, a rapid test will be offered at the airport (which consists of a finger prick blood test). Even with a negative test result, travellers will have to quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay due to the possibility of a false result. In this case, the quarantine is mandatory until the traveller provides proof of a negative molecular test result that is completed at a testing site on the island.

Interested in learning more about Puerto Rico’s new entry requirements? Find more information here.

Bali Is Set to Reopen in September

International travellers will be allowed back on the island starting September 11, as outlined in the country’s phased reopening plan.

The Governor of Bali recently announced that the island will be reopening to international travellers as of September 11, 2020. The three-phased plan to reopen tourism has been named the “New Era of Life Order Protocol.” 

Beginning last week, the first phase started with some businesses (including health services, fishing, restaurants, and modern markets) reopening on Thursday, July 9. During phase 2 on July 31, tourism activities will begin operating for Indonesians. Lastly, on September 11, the island will open up to international travellers in its third phase. 

Bali has not yet released its policies on which countries will be allowed to visit or whether they will have to quarantine. Stay tuned for updates!

To learn more about the Indonesian island’s reopening plan, visit here.

Turks and Caicos Reopens This Month

A 14-day quarantine period will not be required for visitors once they have tested negative for the virus.

Turks and Caicos is set to reopen to international travel on July 22, with new health and safety policies in place. 

In an announcement from the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, international travellers arriving will have to be certified by TCI Assured, a quality assurance portal that will become available on their website shortly. 

The certification sticker will be provided only after visitors have:

  • Provided proof of negative Covid-19 PCR test results from an accredited facility (taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival).
  • Shown proof of medical insurance.
  • Completed a health screening questionnaire.

A 14-day quarantine period will not be required for visitors once they have tested negative for the virus.

According to the territory’s tourist board, “With nine main islands of about 40 small islands and uninhabited cays, the destination is inherently safe for travel in this new paradigm of physical distancing, given its expansiveness, stunning outdoor environment, privacy, spacious resort accommodations and unique portfolio of extraordinary private villas and private island vacations.”

For more information on their reopening, find the full release here.

Jamaica Has Welcomed Travellers Back

The country is controlling entry, requiring visitors from “high-risk countries” to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival.

Officially reopening their borders on June 15, Jamaica has welcomed international travellers back after closing down in late March. 

In order to visit the Caribbean country, travellers must complete the Travel Authorization, an online application assessing health risk. If approved, travellers from “high-risk countries” will be required to take a Covid-19 test upon their arrival. 

At this current time, tourism is restricted to the “Resilient Corridor,” a special zone in which tourism operators have been trained and certified for adherence to the new Covid-19 protocols. 

Interested in learning more about Jamaica’s reopening? Head here.

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